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A Treasure From The Past,
This review is from: Fillmore West 1969 (Audio CD)
I have loved this band's music since being completely blown away by "Live/Dead" in 1970. This new album is compiled from material from the 1969 Fillmore West recordings that didn't make it into "Live/Dead" and so the obvious test of this new release is to see how it stacks up against the greatest live album ever released: so it has a lot to live up to.
The first two disks in the three disk set were a welcome addition to my Grateful Dead library. The sound quality is excellent, and any lover of the Dead from that period will enjoy hearing more of the band at the height of their experimental phase. I particularly enjoyed "Morning Dew", "Cosmic Charlie" and "Mountains of the Moon" but everyone will have their own preferences. But good as these tracks are, they are supplemental to the seminal "Live/Dead" album that has been at the pinnacle of live rock albums for over thirty years.
Then there is the third disk. It starts with a twenty-three minute "That's it for the Other One" that I think is quite simply stunning. It has now become my number two favourite Dead track of all time after the "Dark Star" on "Live/Dead" (yes, Deadheads, I think it's THAT good!) and even made me wonder for a while whether the band had got it right all those years ago when they selected the tracks for the earlier album. On balance I think they did, so no need for you to hunt out the heretic, but it gives people who know the band some idea of the effect it had on me when I heard it for the first time. The rest of disk 3 doesn't quite reach the heights of the beginning, but no matter: there's lots of strong material to enjoy there, in particular the Jam on track four.
So we have a fascinating historical document, a well-above average Dead live album, with, in at least one reviewer's view, one of the band's truly great offerings. It comes with excellent packaging, artwork and comprehensive well-written notes from Dennis McNally, who is the author of my favourite book on the band.
I would recommend this to all Deadheads without reservation. People new to this music should get "Live/Dead" first: and if you like it, and want more, you will find it in this new album that has allowed these recordings to see the light of day afer thirty seven years.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2008 10:48:12 BDT
I also held that live/dead was a superb live album and wondered if this cd was worth buying as some of the tracks appeared on live dead/.The versions on this cd are different and dare i say better than those on live/dead.The expanded version of the concerts recorded for live dead and appear on this cd are excellent.The packaging is excellent and overall to agree with you this cd is well worth buying.
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